** Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2021 Kleban Award for Lyrics **
Once a month, Benjamin Scheuer and a guest songwriter share the stage to perform original songs and discuss songwriting.
This month, Scheuer is joined by Jim Moray, one of England’s finest interpreters of traditional song. His relentlessly innovative recordings can truly be said to have changed the sound of folk music since the early 2000s, and he has won fans and admirers far outside of the folk scene without ever betraying his traditional roots. A five-time BBC Folk Award winner, his songs have been featured in a season finale of Grey’s Anatomy; he has appeared on-screen, singing a specially composed song for Dr Who spin-off Class as aliens attack the earth, and he has presented documentaries on traditional music for BBC Radio 3.
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Benjamin Scheuer is an American singer-songwriter and playwright. He’s won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and Off-West End Award for Best New Musical for The Lion, as well as two British Animation Awards.
Scheuer’s songs are “awfully well-constructed and exactingly played; there’s a hint of Paul Simon in Scheuer’s easy, knowing lyrics and disciplined musicianship.” – Washington Post
“The vibe of casual, unrehearsed immediacy masks the narrative complexity of a novel or an opera… Scheuer plays guitar as if he invented the instrument: fearlessly, idiosyncratically, effortlessly.” – Los Angeles Times